Alternative Medicine News – February 18, 2013

Bottom Line
Movements That Boost Memory

There is an old saying in health care – “Use it or lose it.”

This saying applies to building muscles, strengthening lungs and improving your brain. When you exercise any one of these, they get stronger.

Interestingly, there is also a cross-effect. In other words, if you exercise one part, other parts become stronger as well.

A case in point is the connection between your memory and muscle strength. Canadian researchers found that strength training increased memory. Stronger muscles equal strong memory.

And it wasn’t just memory that benefitted. The ability to plan, organize, strategize and manage life all got better.

Another curious finding was that aerobic exercise didn’t help the brain as much as strength training. Joggers didn’t get the same benefits as weight lifters.

Bottom Line Health has the info. The article includes specific guidelines to follow as well as a video. You’ll find it all here.
Sweetened Drinks Associated With Greater Depression Risk

How sweet it isn’t…

Depression is a major problem. It interferes with productivity, relationships and quality of life. And, of course, there are many contributing factors for it.

These include facing difficult life situations, feeling trapped, biochemical imbalance and family history.

But another, often overlooked factor is diet. Foods have a powerful effect on your mood. And the worst food for most people is sugar and artificial sweeteners.

A study of 264,000 American adults over age 50 illustrates the point. It showed soda drinkers had a 22 percent greater chance of depression. Curiously, diet soda drinkers had a 30 percent greater risk.

Ironically, depressed people often look to sugar as comfort food. For many, this only aggravates the cycle.

This article has the information. It includes details of why sugar and fake sugars can trigger depression. You’ll find the article here.

Green Med Info
5 Amazing Properties Of Sunlight You’ve Never Heard About

Sunlight is medicine.

Sure, you already know about how it supports health by triggering the body to make vitamin D. But it also does so much more…

Most people have a better mood when the sun is out. But there are little known effects the sun has that improve quality of life. Here’s the quick list:

  • Sunlight can reduce pain.
  • Sunlight can burn fat.
  • Sunlight increases how long you live.
  • Sunlight can affect your mental alertness.
  • Sunlight can give you more energy.

Given the modern obsession about avoiding the sun (sunblockers, etc.) this is a good counterpoint. Obviously, you should avoid getting burned. But the right amount of sun can make a very positive difference to your health.

For more details, see the article on Green Med Info here.

T Nation
7 Foods To Make Your Liver Glow In The Dark

The amount of toxins in the world grows daily. And many of them end up in our food.

That’s not very comforting. But at least if you know the worst culprits, you can avoid them.

Here’s the basic list:

  • Imported shrimp
  • Non-organic potatoes
  • Non-organic, canned tomatoes
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Atlantic salmon
  • Gluten-free baked goods
  • Soy

The devil is in the details. For example, domestic shrimp won’t have the same problems as imported. Wild salmon is fine (Atlantic is almost all farmed). And organic foods avoid the worst of the issues. But even organic soy is still a problem.

If you avoid these foods, your liver will thank you. Get the details here.

Balance Point Blog
Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops

It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.

Unintended consequences accompany GMO technology. This is especially true with GMO foods. Now research has found that messing with the genetic code of foods has yet another problem associated with it – a hidden viral gene.

The consequence of this viral gene are unknown. But those familiar with the process are very concerned that it can create a serious health issue. This gene, known as GeneVI, can actually create viruses. It can also suppress the immune system. And in plants, it makes them more susceptible to bacterial infection.

The hard part of all this is that regulators find it difficult to determine what are potential problems and what aren’t. Their solution is most often to approve the GMO food. I guess they figure they can sort it out later.

Anyone else see the problem with this approach?

This article, on the Independent Science News site, is a little technical. But if you read it carefully, you’ll see the problem. See the article here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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